In Brief: Sounders lose late, miss chance to clinch playoff berth
Sun., Oct. 16, 2016
MLS: Carlos Ruiz stabbed home Mauro Diaz’s flick pass in the 89th minute and FC Dallas moved to the top of the Supporters’ Shield table with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday.
Dallas moved two points ahead of Colorado and eliminated the Red Bulls from Shield contention. The Sounders would have clinched a playoff berth with a win and remain in contention with Real Salt Lake, Sporting KC and Portland for the final three playoff spots.
Maximiliano Urruti tied it for Dallas in the 79th minute, smashing home a rebound.
Nicolas Lodeiro slipped a free kick between Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and the inside post for Seattle in the 41st minute. It came five minutes after the Sounders’ Herculez Gomez had a goal disallowed due to an offside call.
The Sounders are at home against Salt Lake next Sunday for the regular-season finale.
Timbers still alive: The Portland Timbers set up the win-and-in scenario for their regular-season finale with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Fanendo Adi scored on a penalty kick in the 35th minute.
That pulled the defending MLS Cup champions even in points with Kansas City for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Timbers are a point back of fifth-place Seattle.
The Timbers have been winless on the road this season heading to into the final game of the regular season next Sunday against the Whitecaps in Vancouver.
Red Bulls secure bye: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season to break a tie for the Golden Boot lead and the New York Red Bulls beat the visiting Columbus Crew 3-2.
New York secured a bye in the knockout round.
Montreal clinches playoff spot: Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 87th minute to give visiting Toronto FC a 2-2 tie with the Montreal Impact.
The Impact clinched a playoff spot, and Toronto remained in contention for one of the top two Eastern Conference placings that would give it home-field advantage and a bye into the conference semifinals.
United into playoffs: Patrick Mullins had a goal and an assist and host D.C. United clinched a third consecutive playoff appearance with a 3-1 victory over New York City FC.
Bobby Boswell and Rob Vincent added goals to help United win its fourth straight. NY City was eliminated from the Supporters’ Shield race and fell three points behind the Red Bulls for the East’s top seed.
Bailey’s OT goal lifts Islanders past Ducks
Hockey: Josh Bailey scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 victory over Anaheim in their home opener.
Brock Nelson and John Tavares scored for the Islanders and Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots to get New York its first win of the season after opening with two road losses.
Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the third period for the Ducks and John Gibson finished with 27 saves. Anaheim fell to 0-3 on its season-opening five-game trip.
The Ducks trailed 2-0 in the third before rallying to tie it.
Rangers sign Fontaine: The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free-agent forward Justin Fontaine on a two-way contract and assigned him to Hartford of the AHL.
Fontaine, 28, has skated in 197 over three seasons, all with Minnesota. He has 27 goals and 41 assists, along with a plus-22 rating and 58 penalty minutes.
College hockey coach dies: The former longtime head coach of the Connecticut Huskies ice hockey team, who transitioned them to Division 1 status, has died.
Bruce Marshall was 54. He was in his first year as coach at New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce University.
Purdue fires coach Hazell after 9 wins
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Purdue fired coach Darrell Hazell midway through his fourth season, ending his tenure with the worst winning percentage of any Boilermakers coach in 95 years.
Hazell was 9-33 overall (.220) since taking over in 2013.
Wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Gerad Parker was named interim coach. Parker is in his fourth season on staff.
Michigan up to No. 3: Michigan moved up to No. 3 in the Associated Press college football poll, right behind No. 2 Ohio State, to give the Big Ten rivals their best combined ranking since the 2006 season, when they played the only 1-vs.-2 game in the series.
Alabama remained No. 1 with Clemson slipping to fourth.
No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 7 Louisville held their spots.
Cibulkova wins 3rd title, makes WTA
MISCELLANY: Dominika Cibulkova won her third title of the season and seventh overall by beating Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-3, 7-5 in the Generali Ladies final in Linz, Austria.
The triumph earned the 10th-ranked Slovak a berth at the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time.
Tomac wins motocross: Eli Tomac won the Monster Energy Cup Championship in Las Vegas. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider from Cortez, Colorado, was second in the first race, won the second and finished fourth in the third to take home $100,000.
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